Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Nutty and Nuts

I'm both, for sure. How do people keep up with all of their online stuff? I'm in awe. I can't even follow through with a stupid meme. Well, to be honest, no one (BUT my mother. HI!) is reading this anyway. Grr. I've got to get this figured out. So, I have accomplished a couple of things.

 This painting, Her Rest, is done. I tried some new clay and pottery stuff and got this:

So, while not TONS of progress. There is a little. I'm teaching Zumba now, and I joined a rowing team. I need to squeeze in the writing, huh! I've also been subjected to this:

I'm feeling fortunate that I haven't gone completely insane. School can't start soon enough!!


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Why Yes, it's Day 4

Today, day 4 in the do a day thing, is my favorite book. I have several books I love, so here are my top three:

Of course, my favorite novel is Pride and Prejudice. I read it over and over.

My favorite art book right now is Abstract Painting: Concepts and Techniques. There are some really lovely examples in it.

My favorite cookbook is Nigella Bites. LOVE her!!

So far, so good!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Meme's Day 3

Now I'm on a roll with this meme do a day thing. Today it's my favorite television program. I have a couple of tv shows that I LOVED. Battlestar Galactica. SO GOOD. At least until the end. I guess the one I like now is...

Dr. Who

Though I still love David Tennant, deeply, I am trying to give the new boy a chance. :)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Day 2 Thanks Mom.

Still working on the do a day thing here. I've been reminded by my Mom to do this. I feel 12. I did get an extra Zumba class in, so I had a good reason to do this so late, Mom!

Alrighty, today is my favorite movie. Another hard one, so I choose one movie done two different ways.

Pride and Prejudice

Both the Colin Firth and Matthew Macfadyen versions.


Monday, July 5, 2010

Going with the Daily flow

In my ongoing quest to re-organize my life, I am doing what I wanted. One thing was to write more, and I am! Just not here, which is bad. So, since I haven't finished any new ceramic pieces or paintings (hopefully, a couple will be done soon!), I am going to try this....

do a day thing
Day 01 — Your favorite song
Day 02 — Your favorite movie
Day 03 — Your favorite television program
Day 04 — Your favorite book
Day 05 — Your favorite quote
Day 06 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 07 — A photo that makes you happy
Day 08 — A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 09 — A photo you took
Day 10 — A photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 — A photo of you taken recently
Day 12 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 — A fictional book
Day 14 — A non-fictional book
Day 15 — A fanfic
Day 16 — A song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 — An art piece (painting, drawing, sculpture, etc.)
Day 18 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 — A talent of yours
Day 20 — A hobby of yours
Day 21 — A recipe
Day 22 — A website
Day 23 — A YouTube video
Day 24 — Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 — Your day, in great detail
Day 26 — Your week, in great detail
Day 27 — This month, in great detail
Day 28 — This year, in great detail
Day 29 — Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 — Whatever tickles your fancy

Day 1 - My favorite song

That one is hard, I have a bunch of favorite songs. Right now it would be "Make This Go On Forever" by Snow Patrol

What's yours?

I know, this could be boring, but I'm pushing through! :)

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Project Me

I feel like I just jumped into the deep end of the pool. You know how it's better to just get it over with. Just get wet and used to how cold it is instead of taking it slow. That's exactly how I feel about this blog. It's a giant pool. I'm always in the mood to swim, but I don't make the time.

I gotta figure out another analogy for myself.

I have spent the last year working on changing my bad habits. Actually way longer, but it's been accelerated lately. I literally was the last person I thought of. Ever. It was really pathetic. So, naturally, things like this, and my art, and anything I wanted to do never got done. I languished in blah land. Then, I finally figured out that I was way too cute for this bulls**t anymore.

And I sat around for a couple more years.

I know, I'm a little slow. But I can change. A little momentum can do a lot! I decided to get physical and lose some weight. Just to be brutally honest, that sucked SO much getting started on that. Frankly, I would rather stick a fork in my eye than lift weights. I needed to find a thing that would work for me. Something I didn't want to miss, because I could always "miss" lifting weights.

Lucky for me I found Zumba. The day I tried it, the teacher, KELLY!!, was AMAZING. I did it!! I found the thing. You should try Zumba. Really. Go! I have completely and utterly fallen in love with it. So in love, in fact, that I am about to be certified to teach it. I'm so excited. Plus, I've lost over 40 pounds since I first started. Am I the hotness now? Why yes, yes I am.

So, with this new getting physically fit action, I started having a little confidence. What else can I do? I'm so fabulous and on top of things! Whoo! Then there was nothing.

What the hell?

So, it is mighty irksome to assume that once you figure out one thing, then everything else will become crystal clear, and it so does not. Man, what a rip-off. Why wasn't I bursting with creativity? Why weren't clients lining up to hire me? Why wasn't I keeping up with everything single little thing I wanted to keep up with? Why wasn't I singing better?

Ok, so I know the last thing was a little unrealistic.

Stepping back a bit, I see how I was still a little crazy - people say I shouldn't use that word, but I really think it fits - trying to do everything, while getting next to nothing done. I hate to admit it, but baby steps work. I'm not into doing things on a small scale, but I always do better work when I do.

Why?!? *she whines to the universe*

Now I'm rambling, and being a sloppy writer. There actually is a reason for that. In my little process of starting baby steps to building my business, I started twittering again (yes, the world does need to know my deep thoughts). On Twitter, I follow cool social media kid Gwen Bell (she does not follow me back *sigh*) and she tweeted about this cool thing Bindu Wiles is doing, the 21.5.800 Project.

This turned out to be so dang cool. It was EXACTLY what I needed to jump back into doing my online stuff. Yay!

The Project is that for 21 days, I’ll be doing 5 days of yoga a week and 800 words of writing per day.

So here is the first installment. Of course, I did the usual ADD thing and put it off until the last minute, but I did it. We'll have to see if I can get it done earlier in the day as this progresses. That would certainly be new for me.

I still have a lot of bad habits, though some still occasionally come in handy. I'm not really ready to give up the, you know, ninja stuff. But, if I could just shed one bad habit a month, I hope I could feel a little more in control of my future. That would be huge! For me anyway, for all of you organized, super successful, beautiful people, what the heck are you doing reading this?!? Don't you have something fabulous to do? eek.

I've already had to start on a quest to "Edit Myself" so I can teach Zumba. I have a bad habit of saying exactly what's on my mind. A couple of wise people have told me to scale it back a bit so I can teach effectively. It had become quite a hobby. It has been so damn darned hard, but I am making a very big effort. It's so fun to have goals! It's so sad I hadn't made any real goals for myself in a very long time.

Hopefully, the writing will get better, but I'm not promising anything. Just having a deadline is a good thing for me. 

I'm also going to try to get some paintings finished. 

Gah, baby steps!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Happy Spring!

After spending the last few weeks wallowing in my little sad life, I have decided I am done. Springtime is too lovely to feel sorry for yourself for some really lame stuff. It's beautiful outside, my kids are healthy, I have a lot of fun ahead of me, and I'm going to have some fun every day from now on. I'm wishing every one of you a lovely, sunny, happy day!! xoxo

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

the Tree of Joy
Originally uploaded by ginamstudio
I hope everyone has the loveliest new year. xoxo

Monday, December 28, 2009

Ready for the end

Wordle: NewMe

Everyone seems to be writing their end of year posts. I haven't been good at posting here lately. It's been a strange year for me.

I've been trying to figure out who I am lately. Sadly, I still feel like I don't really know. Some words that will soon really describe me (single mother, disheartened, divorced, bone tired, sad) are words I thought I had worked very hard to avoid, but there they are.

Word that I have flippantly described myself with in the past are suddenly very important to me. The "Diva" idea gains a whole new perspective when I used it to prop up my whole being, not just my ego. All kinds of self-empowering ideas are coming to mind for me right now. I am trying to be open to all of them.

My new year's resolutions in the past - lose weight, be more organized, be kinder - have paled to what I hope to accomplish this next year. A full realization of what I can and want to be. It sounds daunting, but I am determined to be every single bit of it.

Saturday, August 22, 2009


I love studio tours. I can spend entire days looking through flickr and youtube oogling where people create. One of my favorite people in the artosphere, Aimée, recently put up a studio video with some great art...including me!

I love love love Aimée's work. I find her mixed media works so inspiring. I'm in awe of her ability to work and take care of her sweet little girl, Lo. Lo recently had a little misadventure. You can read all about it on Aimée's blog creativeFlutter. Check out what's she's been doing lately!